A developing number of vehicles have Alexa integrated, but what if yours would not? Amazon has its own answer: Echo Auto. The new peripheral makes use of your phone’s cell connection (via a Bluetooth Link) to provide Alexa voice commands in motors wherein they typically wouldn’t be an choice. The device is ready as quickly as you start your car, and it now uses region-based exercises to cause activities based on wherein you’re. The lighting fixtures can come on at home while you’re about to drag into the driveway, for example.

The Echo auto is a way for Amazon to aspect-step all of this confusion. If Amazon can marry the simplicity of the Anker dongle with a extra polished and reliable enjoy, it looks like the pleasant option for individuals who want to apply Alexa in their automobiles.

Amazon Echo Auto Alexa Adapter Features

The Echo auto features the same eight-mic array as the Echo show, and can connect with your automobile through a 3.5mm aux jack, or with the aid of connecting over a phone’s present Bluetooth setup (for vehicles that provide it). It comes with a dashboard mount and runs on a brand new actual-time OS from Amazon. And for internet connectivity, it piggybacks onto your cellphone for a connection back to the cloud. You’ll also be able to use your cellphone as a show for such things as in-vehicle navigation via services like Google Maps. As for power, the Echo vehicle runs off an included cigarette lighter Micro USB cable — Amazon promises that it’ll boot inside a few seconds of hitting ignition on your car.

“The car is a much more complicated audio environment,” Amazon SVP Dave Limp commented, noting issues like road noise, in-car entertainment, and air conditioning or heaters that it had to factor in when tuning the Echo Auto’s voice recognition features specifically for cars.

Amazon Echo Auto Alexa Adapter Price

The Echo Auto will eventually cost $49.99, although Amazon will offer it at a discounted invite price of $24.99 for early users. Shipping begins for invited users later this year.